Before the Oilers and Ducks squared off for Round 2, Randy Carlyle called the Oilers out for whining about faceoffs and officiating. Fast forward to Anaheim’s Game 6 loss to the Nashville Predators and it was the Ducks’ coach that was, once again, doing the whining.
Admittedly, this article has nothing to do with the Oilers but I did want to take a minute to laugh at the Ducks.
If there was one thing that Carlyle has done consistently throughout the playoffs it’s been complaining about basically everything. The guy could win a million dollars and would then complain about what kind of paper the cheque came on. Whether he was calling the Oilers whiners about the refs and then complaining about them himself or blaming the schedule as part of the Ducks’ reason for losing, Randy Carlyle has been playing the world’s saddest songs on the tiniest violin ever since the regular season ended.
After the Ducks got bumped last night, I was just waiting to see what kind of nonsense Carlyle would spew to make excuses for his team and he did not disappoint. Rather than admit that the Predators were the better team, Carlyle took a shot at the schedule makers for putting his team at a disadvantage.
“I don’t think we played poorly in the series. I think that the toughest part I have about the whole thing is that this was our seventh game in 13 days.”
Awwww baby’s team was tired after too many games. Baby’s team didn’t have enough rest to be able to figure out how to win at home. Baby’s team’s endless parade to the penalty box wasn’t a problem, it was the schedule. So sad. So, so sad. I thought it was the Oilers that were supposed to be the whiners? What else did he say?
“Now, there are various reasons for that, but I think there’s got to be some consideration in the scheduling in the future between series. We finished on a Wednesday and had to open again on Friday, whereas other teams had to open on Saturday.”
The team Carlyle was referencing is the Pittsburgh Penguins and the argument is laughable. The Pens wrapped up their second round on the same Wednesday that the Ducks beat the Oilers, but were seemingly gifted an extra day to “recover.” Recover? Pittsburgh has been missing most of their defence so far and that didn’t get any better with that extra day off. Extra rest? C’mon. That’s a flimsy premise, Randy, and you know it. What about your decision to play Kevin Bieksa instead of Theodore? Nothing on that, right?
“An extra day would have given us a chance to recover. And we know how tough these games are. And that was a tough hand that was dealt to us.”
When a team is as hateable as Anaheim, having them lose was enough to send the Internet into a joyous frenzy. The schadenfreude that came with the Ducks being trounced was spectacular, and to have Carlyle add to it with his man-boy excuses was the cherry on the top of the sundae. Carlyle’s complaints and sadness sustains me, and having his ageing, overpriced team take another step closer to their impending demise is something we can all enjoy. Thanks, Randy!